10 Most Famous French Actors

Monday, April 11 by Elizabeth Nelson

If you love French cinema, you've probably encountered the 10 most famous French actors. The most famous French actors not only appear in films made in France but have crossed over and appeared in a few American blockbusters as well. Next time you want to watch a movie, check out the talents of one of the most famous French actors.

  1. Jean Reno. Fans of Luc Besson will recognize Reno from the 1994 film "The Professional," which also starred a very young Natalie Portman. Reno's appeared in a number of blockbuster films since, including "The Da Vinci Code," and the two remakes of the "Pink Panther."
  2. Jea Paul Belmondo. Star of the breakthrough film "Breathless" in 1959, Belmondo has had a successful film career, appearing in mostly French movies. This famous French actor was even once mentioned in a song by hippie folk singer Donovan.
  3. Gerard Depardieu. Love him or hate him, since beginning his acting career in the 1960's, this famous French actor has appeared in nearly 200 movies, including several American romantic-comedies and as Jean Valjean in an made-for-television movie of "Les Miserables."
  4. Audrey Tatou. French actor Tatou first charmed audiences as the beguiling title character in the movie "Amelie." Since then, she's gone on to appear in several French romantic movies and along side Tom Hanks in "The Da Vinci Code."
  5. Juliette Binoche. You may almost forget get that Binoche is a famous French actor, as she's appeared in so many American films, such as the cute romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life." She also starred opposite Johnny Depp in the sexy film "Chocolat." Binoche has also appeared in a large number of challenging French language films, from the "Three Colors" series to "Cache."
  6. Vincent Cassel. Although Cassel mainly makes films in his native France, he's appeared in several popular American films, including "Ocean's 11" and its sequel. He had a star turn as the director in the horror film "Black Swan."
  7. Marcel Marceau. Perhaps the most famous French mime ever, Marceau created a number of famous characters and performances. Because of his skill as a mime and actor, he earned the title "the Master of Silence."
  8. Isabelle Huppert. Ms. Huppert has made a number of sexy French films, among them "The Piano Teacher." She also appearred as Dustin Hoffman's and Lily Tomlin's rival in the hilarious "I Heart Huckabee's."
  9. Catherine Deneuve. No list of most famous French actors can be complete without Deneuve's name on it. Deneuve has appeared in over 100 films, including "Dancer in the Dark," "The Hunger," and did voicework for the animated film "Persopolis."
  10. Daniel Auteuil. French actor Auteuil appeared with Juliette Binoche in the film "Cache," and won the Cesar for best actor in the film "Girl on the Bridge."

-Amy Freeman

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